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Bandarawela Hotel

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Lovely old hotel with good wife. Rather surprised that the only electric socket was immediately behind the bed - not a good place to boil a kettle of water! Did not like having the sink in the bedroom rather than the bathroom. Thin white cotton curtains are no good at keeping out the lights from the street a few feet from the upstairs rooms. Smelly noisy town so probably best not to stop here at all.

We were at Bandarawela hotel for the lunch. Surrounding was really ambient and peaceful. They had some selected ranges of meals, but tasted delicious. Plenty of space to park vehicle. Staff were pleasant, friendly and helpful.

We stayed 18th Feb night here with my cousins' family in 3 double rooms. Whole hotels is like a colonial type bungalow and we were felt like visitors of a British Governor in his bungalow. This cosy resort has the comfort to make you relax and feel the silence of calmness surrounded there. The double rooms we were offered was not that spacious and made us felt a bit creepy with its setup. Lighting needs to be improved as it's kind of gloomy inside even with all the light on. Rooms didn't have cable TV facilities as stated. Hallway balcony had a picturesque view of the mountains overlooking the in house flower garder in middle. Property has a one main garden in front and a kids play area full of colorful Daisies n Roses. The late eve spent in d garden was truly amazing with the view and the light cold breeze came down the mountains. Dinner was ok but the spread was not upto the "Aitken Spence" standards we've expected according to our previous experiences. Staff was helpful and generous with their services all the time. Barman made nice cocktails for us and Hi5 for that. Few suggestions to facilitate rooms with kettles and boiling facilities and also to think of widening the buffet spread. It was a unique experience for us and could've been more better if the points highlighted were done. Like to be there again. Thanks all and Good Luck!!

We reviewed this hotel in January and gave it high stars. This time we found the same classical run colonial hotel, however the restaurant was not in good form. We feel that the hotel is lowering standards to accommodate large tour groups, especially in the restaurant. Service was lacking, food standard was average at best, and poor in some respects. Breakfast was a picked over buffet instead of kitchen fresh served. The rather elegant dining room was full of noisy and ultra casually dressed European tourists in shorts, backpacks, and thongs. Not the elegance we reported earlier.

This was the only hotel I could find with wheel chair access for my mum in Bandarawela and Ella area. Spacious rooms with all the facilities still maintain the colonial look. Great Restaurant and bar. Staff members were friendly and helpful.

On a wet day in Bandarawela it was a great find, this old colonial style hotel. Great to just have a wander round it and look at the artifacts, as it was we found it an excellent lunch stop, with a variety of food delivered to the lounge.

This old, lovely, and unintentionally kitchy hotel provides the traveller with great service and a peek into Sri Lanka's colonial past. The rooms are simple, but comforatable, It is a great oasis after trekking through tea gardens and seeing the sights. The town itself is unremarkable, but there are some lovely hiking areas which are easily accessed by tuk-tuk or car from this location. We stayed two nights and enjoyed tea-time in the garden, cocktails in the bar/lounge, and loved people watching in the dining room during dinner and breakfast. There are a fair amount of guests and tour groups here, so don't expect solitude. This large hotel nevertheless delivers personable and always polite service.

Beautiful old colonial stylish building. The service is great, the restaurant is nice and pleasant. The rooms need to be renovated. But we hope that they'll keep the style and atmosphere with the renovation. (and the Richard Clayderman music gets annoying after a while)

We had Bed and Breakfast with a friend.reception was good. Rooms were vintage but clean and tidy. Food was average. Stay would be ideal for foreigners.Hotel is located in the heart of Bandarawela city.

No hippie junk food or lousy rooms as in nearby Ella for me.This indeed a very affordable classy hotel resembling Raj days which has improved beyond comprehension with a new Manager.The wooden floors were shinning; food without chief cook outstanding; service superlative.Best i have seen in my visit frequently over 42 years attendance. Much room for improvement in garden & bar around the fireplace.Wire fi reported 8 years ago.No good.No interest taken to improve. Hotel looks different and better under new manager-resident of Badarawela he carries pride.

No. 14, Welimada Road Bandarawela

Located in Badulla District, Bandarawela Hotel is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Dowa Temple. This 33-room, 3-star resort welcomes guests with conveniences like an outdoor pool, free self parking, and a conference center. It's in the mountains and also within a 20-minute drive of Nine Arches Bridge and Ella Rock.


Enjoy a bite to eat at the resort's restaurant, or relax with a drink at the bar/lounge. Start your day off with buffet breakfast, available for a fee.


All 33 recently renovated rooms provide free bottled water, ceiling fans, and phones. For entertainment, guests can enjoy TVs. Bathrooms offer rainfall showers, hair dryers, and free toiletries.

Property features

At Bandarawela Hotel, guests have access to an outdoor pool, free WiFi in public areas, and a conference center. A stay here includes free parking. Front-desk staff can help secure valuables, and provide local restaurant recommendations. Additional amenities include a business center, coffee/tea in a common area, and a garden.

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Trip Advisor aggregated rating

68% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 374 reviews